Meet The Office


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Dr. Quentin Davis

CURS Director
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Melissa Knapp

CURS Coordinator
Aria Leathers

Student Assistant


The mission of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) is to promote and support undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity that enhances student learning, professionalism, and critical thinking, by engaging students and faculty mentors in the complete research process from discovery to dissemination. 


CURS is committed to the enrichment of undergraduate education at Augusta University. In particular, CURS recognizes that undergraduate research and creative scholarship is a foundational component of such student enrichment. By “undergraduate research and creative scholarship,” we refer to acts of inquiry that produce new knowledge, new insight, and original perspectives; this includes the four kinds of scholarship (discovery, integration, teaching, and application), and it includes creative activity in both the fine arts and other disciplines.

We acknowledge that production of new knowledge is not sufficient. Dissemination is the end point of all research and creative activity. Dissemination can include, but is not limited to performance, scholarly presentation, scholarly publication, or other forms of dissemination appropriate to the discipline.

 CURS expresses its commitment to undergraduate research in several ways:

  • Creating a scholarly culture across disciplines that values undergraduate research, creative activities, and scholarship.
  • Providing necessary financial and human resources to create high-level, high-quality undergraduate research opportunities throughout the undergraduate career.
  • Supporting the CORE experience so that it generates more students who are capable of engaging in high-quality undergraduate research
  • Providing more opportunities for upper-level experiences that enable highly-qualified, highly-motivated students to actually engage in high-quality undergraduate research.
  • Providing faculty and students with mentorship and forums for the understanding and advancement of undergraduate research.